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CTS helps build a home with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento

by | November 27, 2019

Profile photo of blog author Lyna Vu, content writer for Capitol Tech Solutions
Marik, Lyna, and Robert with Habitat for Humanity prize
Capitol Tech Solutions team at construction site of Habitat for Humanity

Last Summer, a few of our CTS team members, Marik Knapp, Lyna Vu, and Robert Haney attended the Public Relations Society of America Summer Mega Mixer, where we won the Habitat for Humanity Team Build in a raffle!

There were many raffle options, but we specifically chose the Habitat Team Build because it allowed us the opportunity for both team building and community involvement. Whether its building homes or participating in a charity bike ride, our team is always happy to get together and give back to our community!

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The Team Build Project

Our Team Build took place in South Sacramento and we were lucky enough to work alongside the future owner of the home, Sandra Granados. Sandra is a single mom of 3 teenage daughters and has struggled to find housing after being displaced by rising rents in San Francisco. After spending time in transitional living homes, on friends’ couches, and in a cramped home with a family member, Sandra and her girls are thrilled to finally have a place to call their own.

The home we worked on is part of a unique partnership between the City of Sacramento and Habitat for Humanity in which former illegal cannabis grow houses are rehabilitated into affordable housing. Building a brand-new home typically costs about $200,000, but rehabilitating a grow house costs less than half of that. The updated houses not only give deserving families a places to call home, but also improve the overall quality of the surrounding neighborhood.

Learn more about the new former cannabis grow home rehabilitation program from a story by our friends at CBS13 here

Our experience was great!

Meeting with CEO before the build
Kevin Olson cutting wood for the house build
Ben Moulton applying wood to ceiling
Zach, Lyna and Dinh having fun at team build
Robert Haney hammering the ceiling
Lyna Vu painting the walls
Ed and Alex help install a window with Dinh
Siv Shanmugam on the roof of home

We brought 10 of our CTS User Experience and Software Development team members out to the Habitat for Humanity Greater of Sacramento construction site. Our busy CEO, Bobby Reed, even came by to lend a helping hand.

Bobby had this to say about his experience at the team build, “It was a great day of team building and house building for Habitat for Humanity in Sacramento. The weather was perfect for us to roof, install windows, and hammer some walls. I’m proud of our team!”

Our site supervisor, Yim, did a great job delegating tasks and making sure we knew how to safely use all the equipment on the site. Habitat provided us with all the tools needed to work on the construction site, including hard hats, safety glasses, and ear protection. Habitat for Humanity did a great job managing this project and we look forward to working on more builds in the future!

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento is a global non-profit housing organization founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976. They are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

For more information, please visit the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento website!

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